Saturday, June 15, 2024

Grammy Whammy: No Clive Davis Gala This Year Thanks to COVID and Change to Las Vegas


EXCLUSIVE Alas, there will be no pre-Grammy gala dinner this year hosted by Clive Davis. Fear not Clive is fine. But between COVID in Los Angeles, a booked Beverly Hilton, and no proper venue available in Las Vegas, everyone involved has deferred to good sense.

Here’s the official statement from Clive Davis and Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason:

“Due to the logistical obstacles caused by the ongoing pandemic, including the unavailability of an appropriate venue, we have decided to postpone the 2022 Pre-Grammy Gala. We will resume the celebration next year when we will host an incredible evening in our unique and glittering way, hospitable to our wonderful music artists, music executives, film, television, sports and illustrious politicians who annually love the event like no other.  As previously announced, other GRAMMY week activities will be held in Las Vegas and the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards will continue its tradition as Music’s Biggest Night on April 3 from the MGM Garden Arena.”

The sound you are hearing is weeping from the guests, the musicians, the movie stars, the rock stars, and the caterers. Clive’s dinner is the best night of the year, but we have to be brave. The party will return next year.

So this makes Musicares honoring Joni Mitchell, set for April 1st, an even hotter ticket. And the Grammys themselves, as well, on CBS April 3rd.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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